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Jose Maria de Fonseca

Rua Jose Augusto Coelho 11 13 | Vila Nogueira, Azeitao, Portugal
+351 21 219 8940
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Jose Maria da Fonseca is one of Portugal's largest and most prestigious wine companies, begun in 1834 and run with undiminished passion since that date by the same family. The winery is in the charming village of Vila Nogueira de Azeitao, where visitors are welcome to tour the museum and cellars where many of Fonseca's wines are aged, including Periquita, Portugal oldest red wine. Another must-see is the Setubal Moscatel cellar, in which wines as old as the company itself slumber in their hallowed and tranquil vault. These Moscatels belong to the private collection of the Soares Franco family, of whom the sixth generation now heads the company. The tour ends with a wine tasting. At the Wine Shop you may buy that special wine or gourmet regional product for a friend.Tours occurs everyday from 10.00am to 12.00, and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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Rua Jose Augusto Coelho 11 13 | Vila Nogueira, Azeitao, Portugal
+351 21 219 8940
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called ahead in the morning and booked the tour in English for later in the day. Had a really nice tour guide who gave good explanations of everything and answered all our questions. We then had the 6 glass wine tasting for a little...More

Thank Koaesica
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this as recommended. 2 hours to wait for a guided tour in english. Went to the shop; where 7 employees were alone. No other customers, but still after 20 minutes no one had time to help. Facebook and stories were more important. Still...More

Thank JorEil
JMFWinery, Gestor de Relações Públicas at Jose Maria de Fonseca, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Sir, So sorry to read your feedback. The situation you reported is not our way of welcoming our visitors. We already opened an enquiry regarding the assistance provided to you during your experience in our shop. About the time you’ve waited for a tour...More

Reviewed July 16, 2017

In the heart of the homeland of Moscatel de Setúbal, the manor house of José Maria da Fonseca struck us as the right balance between understanding tourism and not becoming overrun by it. We made a reservation for a specialized wine tasting, combining a selection...More

Thank JaninedeBric
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

A very good winery tour is done here with a trip past the slumbering barrels in the dark and cool cellars. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and gives a good explanation of the wine making and ageing process. We ended up testing out some...More

Thank Idris A
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

From one of the great wine maker of Portugal, there is a a show eoom on the midst of Azeitao town. Do not miss yhe moscatel from Setubal and Periquita

Thank JoseGGoncalvesR
JMFWinery, Gestor de Relações Públicas at Jose Maria de Fonseca, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2017

Dear José, Thank you so much for your feedback! Kind regards Sofia Soares Franco Communication Manager and 7th generation of the family

Reviewed July 12, 2017

I was at the winery with an organised tour of a conference in Lisbon. We got a guided tour through the winery and a dinner in one of the huge storage halls, surrounded by hundreds of wine casks. The location is beautiful, Fonseca is one...More

Thank Olaf Hamburg R
JMFWinery, Gestor de Relações Públicas at Jose Maria de Fonseca, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2017

Dear Olaf, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are very sorry to read that you haven't had a good experience with us and specially during dinner. The wines we served were chosen by the university that arrange the dinner, they were all premium...More

Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

José Maria da Fonseca is one traditional wine productor family in Portugal, owners of piriquita wine. This is one of the most interesting wine visit, but not so long, were you can learn about a piece of wine history, including the "torna volta" wine, one...More

Thank Arymarjr
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

The visit stars with a tour. We see a small museum with antiques showing the very beginning. I loved to see the first ( in Portugal) bottling , and so many amazing things like the yard, the family library that started since the first bottle...More

Thank Celita Louback W
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Best 3€ ever spent! You'll enjoy the tour and the finale! History and spookiness meet in a beautiful surrounding. A must see!

Thank Paolo V
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

Was able to taste and purchase a 50 year old bottle of very good brandy for a very reasonable price. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable with wine tasting and in selecting other wines.

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